Goodbye for Now

Rachel Hopkin

This is my last blog as a Nevada Humanities staff member.  Friday was my final day with the organisation and on Saturday I started the 2000 mile plus drive from Las Vegas to Columbus, OH, where I’m due to embark on a PhD in Folklore in a couple of weeks.

Working for Nevada Humanities has been a privilege, as has being in Nevada.  I’ve lost count of the number of different places I’ve lived in as an adult but the Silver State definitely ranks among my favourites.

As a way of marking my moving on, I thought I’d make a list of the top five things I’m going to miss about living here.

In no particular order:

  1. THE SPRING MOUNTAIN RANGE:  Red Rock Canyon, Blue Diamond Hills, Lovell Canyon, Mount Charleston; these beautiful places - all so close to hand to my base in Las Vegas - have been a wellspring of beauty, calm, and grounding. The gift that kept on giving indeed.
  2. THE NATIONAL COWBOY POETRY GATHERING:  I’ve attended for the past two years and it’s just the most wonderful event ever.  I’m plotting and weaving ways to return in the future, despite the fact that it falls smack in the middle of term time.  In case you’re interested, you can access a report I did from the 2014 Gathering for Nevada Humanities and Reno Public Radio here.
  3. CROISSANTS FROM LAS VEGAS’S BONJOUR BAKERY:  Yes, my croissant obsession remains strong and although the ultimate accolade in my “Quest for the Best Croissant in the West” (soon to transmute into the "Quest for the Best Croissant in the Midwest") is currently held by Tulie Bakery in Salt Lake City, the ones at Bonjour are pretty darned yummy when they’re fresh from the oven.
  4. EASY ACCESS TO SO MANY NATIONAL PARKS:  Since moving to Las Vegas at the end of 2012, I’ve managed to visit the following either as day or weekend trips: Great Basin, Grand Canyon, Arches, Joshua Tree, Zion, Saguaro, Bryce, Death Valley, Yosemite.  With each trip, I’m reminded of the magnificence of the American landscape and how grateful I am to live here.
  5. BEING A NEVADA RESIDENT:  It was just a cool thing.